Spirit Is Like Energy
There are a number of energy forms we cannot see, yet we are aware that they exist.
There are other forms of invisible power. We cannot see electricity, but we know it exists. Even though we cannot see what scientists refer to as “the flow of electrons,” still man has harnessed electricity and made it work for him.
We cannot see magnetism, but as youngsters, our experience with magnets and iron filings taught us the drawing power of magnetism. We cannot see gravity, but know that it is a force that pulls matter to the center of the earth. While we cannot see these forms of energy, we see results of what they can do.
It is only since Einstein’s day that scientists have come to understand the power that is packed in each atom. This awesome power is unleashed in the splitting of the atom, creating the atomic bomb.
Einstein showed that time exists only where there is matter, and that time and space are interrelated.
Matter can be converted to energy, and energy to matter. The existence of matter is not static and had to have a beginning. Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth …” Our Bible tells us that the One who created everything was Jesus the Messiah, Ephesians 3:9. He created the micro world of neutrons, protons, and electrons, and put them in their place. By His power, these all stay in their fixed places.
He also created the solar systems and constellations. He fashioned the moon to revolve around the earth; the earth to go around the sun along with the other planets. “And He is before all things and by Him, all things consist” (Greek = all things hold together), Colossians 1: 17.
The reason that our cosmos does not fly apart and disintegrate or that the planets and suns don’t go flying off in different directions is because Jesus is holding them all in their places by His power, according to this verse in Colossians.
Spirit beings can be all around us, but we would never be aware of it. Angelic beings have at times manifested themselves to mankind as did the three celestial beings who appeared unto Abraham on the plains of Mamre, Genesis 18. Two of them continued on to Sodom to destroy that city, chapter 19.
Upon His resurrection our Savior was restored to His former glory, again becoming spirit. He could appear and disappear at will. He appeared before the disciples as they sat in locked rooms, John 20:19, and He would vanish out of their sight (Luke 24:31). Just because we cannot see the spirit realm does not mean that it does not exist (also verses 36-37).
God Is Our Protection
Paul warned the assembly at Corinth to be aware of the tactics of the Tempter: “Lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2Cor. 2: 11). Peter wrote that the obedient are under the watchful care of our Heavenly Father: “For the eyes of God are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers, but the face of God is against them that do evil” (l Pet. 3:12).
If we fear God, we need not fear the spirit world. Even though we are not able to see the invisible realm about us, God and His angelic host also dwell in that world, and His power is many times greater than the adversary’s. Furthermore, God has put limits on the sphere of Satan’s activities and has put a hedge or barrier about His people.
God upheld the integrity and character of Job and challenged Satan to consider his reputation. The devil’s sneering retort was, “… does Job fear God for nothing? Have not you made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (Job 1:9-10).
Chapters 1 and 2 show that the devil did much harm, but was limited in how far he could go. He could not take Job’s life, but he did make his life almost unbearable. After proving that he would not be shaken in his principles, patient Job was rewarded with double that which Satan had taken from him, Job 42:10.